Mae Frances Waller-Turner

March 6, 1956April 14, 2018

Mae Frances Waller-Turner

LEESVILLE– Mae Frances Waller-Turner passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Medical University of South Carolina. She was born March 6, 1956 in Jacksonville, FL at the Naval Hospital, to the late 1st Sgt. Charles Francis Waller, USMC and Norma Lee Waller. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, John “Trez” Turner; daughter, Jessica H. Harms of Summerville; three sisters, Ruby Morris, of Yuma AZ, Susanne Wall (Charles) of Carrollton GA, Hazel Sosebee (Thomas) of Rainbow City , AL; brother, Charles S. Waller, III (Tracy) of LaGrange, GA; great-aunt Suzanne Smith (Clarence) of Boerne, TX, 3 nieces; 5 nephews; 2 great-nieces; 4 great-nephews, and special friends, Rosemary Geiger and Rose Cummings. Mae was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Lee Waller, and father, 1st Sgt Charles F. Waller, USMC, grandfather, Charles S. Waller Sr. and grandmother, Pearl Cardwell Waller. Mae retired as a Lieutenant with the SC Dept. of Corrections after 38 years of dedicated service, and was a 4th generation cake decorator who had a gift for creating the most beautiful and delicious cakes. She was a part of many organizations to name a few CPOF, SCCA, and SCLEOA. She will be deeply missed by her family and her work family. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation (CPOF) in Mae's memory at Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on April 17, 2018 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home Lexington Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. on April 18, 2018 at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mae Frances Waller-Turner

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john hart

April 18, 2018

Mae was the one who interviewed me for my employment with SCDC , starting at Leath Correctional. After a short period, she recomended me to become her assistant as a training officer. The one thing that i remember the most about working with Mae, was that she always pushed me to be the best i could be. To never be satisfied with just completing a task, but to always do the very best that you could. Although, i have been retired since Dec. 2015, i owe a lot of what i accomplished during my career (SCDC Supervisor of the Year-2013), it would not have been possible without the fire and the drive to be the best, that was first instilled in me by Mae-Waller-Turner. Thank You Mae for all you did to help me. To the Turner Family- May God give you the strength to overcome the lost of a loved one. Sincerely, Lt. john L. Hart Jr. (Retired)

Rosemary Geiger

April 18, 2018

Mae you opened up your heart and your family to me 36 years ago. Mama and Grandma loved you so much, and where ever grateful that you and Trez helped me stay safe. We had so many great times together when we were younger, and as time went by our friendship grew.
I may not have come to say good bye to you during your celebration of life with all whom lives you touched. But I did light a candle that is shining very brightly for you. I have never in my life met anyone who had as much integrity and love for everyone that you have. Jessie and Trez lives have been enriched by having you. You may have left us behind physically but your words of wisdom, infectious laugh, great wit, love of life will never leave me. Just like we floated past the sound that summer day, you have floated to a pain free plain. See you later my dear friend . Love you.

Heather Moyer

April 18, 2018

Words can never express the pain of losing a loved one, especially one that you are so close to. My thoughts to the family and especially Jess. Mae was a wonderful person and it had been a pleasure to have had the honor to work with her even if only for a small while.
Heather Moyer

Diane Dininno

April 17, 2018

Ma, I had to post this memory. It was the last time Darlene and I spent time with you. Lunch at Chili's. You looked good, even though you had some pain. We laughed and smiled. You said you were glad to get together and you missed us. You wanted to plan another lunch and bring us dessert. We hugged tightly and said we will do it again. We will have lunch again, Ma. I love you and I will see you later.

Charles Holley

April 17, 2018

Growing up and going to visit "The Farm" you could always count on Mae and Trez, (and Jessie on that bloody golf cart). Mae was able to get me to do what my mother could not. She would stuff me full of asparagus, broccoli, and other hated vegetables. We ate them willingly because it was the only way to get to all her cakes, pies and baked treats. Mae will always be in our hearts. We will look back with love, and always remember the truly special person that is Mae. Heaven has truly gained an angel.

It is well know that the gates of heaven are guarded by United States Marines. Now we have to get past Mae in order to get to the Marines guarding the gates.

Terry Waites

April 17, 2018

Mae, my son's wedding rehearsal dinner would never have taken place with you. Your cakes are always THE BEST.
Between you and Trez we got so many wonderful photos from our party.
Why didn't we meet sooner, we lived to close.
Miss you.
Love you!


g c

April 17, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Waller-Turner family. May your many fine memories of Mae Frances and loving words comfort family and friends during this difficult time and the days ahead (Isaiah 57:15)

Susan McLeod

April 17, 2018

Mae and I went to training together several years ago to become certified Instructor for the PR24, during this week we shared a lot. The most important thing was her love for the Lord. She loved God with all her heart and even though she may have a had a rough exterior at times, she had an amazing heart and was full of compassion.... Mae you will be missed....

Carol Waller

April 17, 2018


Linda Sanders

April 16, 2018

Mae was such a sweet person and all who met her loved her. She had an infectious smile and it would brighten your day just seeing it. It was no secret she loved her family, God, her career and making those amazing cakes. I worked with her at SCDC and not only admired the person she was but loved her as well. She will be genuinely missed. To Trez, Jessie and the rest of the family I am praying for peace for you in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior and we will be reunited with her in Heaven.

If there is one thing that helped me the most when my parents passed it was the song by Mercy Me "I can only Imagine". After hearing this song it really resonates how great Heaven really is going to be and that gives me comfort. Our loved ones that have gone before us are there Healed and Free from Pain. I hope it gives you some peace as well.